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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams squandered four match points and blew a 5-1 lead in the decider as seventh seed Karolina Pliskova produced a stunning fightback to claim a 6-4 4-6 7-5 quarter-final victory over the American at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Williams, chasing a milestone 24th Grand Slam triumph, also saved two match points in the last game...
Three men and a teenage boy have been arrested and charged over an alleged plot against a small Islamic community in New York state. The suspects are accused of possessing homemade bombs and firearms, and planning to attack Islamberg, founded by a Pakistani cleric in the 1980s. The alleged plot was revealed following a tip-off from a school student. The Islamberg community...
Former Chancellor George Osborne has said delaying the UK's exit from the EU is now the "most likely" option. The UK has to choose between no deal - which he compared to Russian roulette - or no Brexit for now, he told the BBC. MPs are proposing alternative plans to the PM's deal with the EU, including seeking an extension to the...
Two people have been killed and at least 25 injured, four seriously, in a large fire at the Courchevel ski resort in the French Alps, police say. The fire started before dawn on Sunday in a building housing seasonal workers. In all, three buildings were affected. Seventy firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control. The cause has not yet been...
Security forces have fired tear gas at demonstrators in Sudan, as protests against President Omar al-Bashir enter their second month. President Bashir on Sunday reiterated claims that foreign "agents" and Darfur region rebels are fomenting dissent. Officials say 26 people have died in the protests, but rights groups say more than 40 have been killed. Protests about Sudan's economic problems began in...
Australian police say they have arrested six members of an "expansive" criminal gang which has been stealing baby formula for illegal sale in China. Stolen formula valued at more than A$1m (£550,000; $720,000) had been sold in the past 12 months alone, police said. But they said the syndicate...
A woman who randomly attacked two people with an axe in an Australian convenience store has been jailed. Evie Amati, 26, seriously wounded the man and woman at a 7-Eleven in Sydney in January 2017. She swung her axe at a third customer but did not injure him. Amati pleaded not guilty on mental health grounds at a trial last year,...
Germany is considering ways to block Huawei from its next generation mobile phone network, according to reports. Berlin is exploring stricter security requirements which may prevent Huawei products being used in its 5G network. Many countries have pushed against the involvement of the Chinese technology firm in their 5G networks over security concerns. The networks represent the next big wave of mobile...
US President Donald Trump has postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's upcoming trip to Brussels and Afghanistan, asking her to stay to negotiate an end to the partial US government shutdown. The president was able to halt the trip by denying the use of military aircraft to Mrs Pelosi and a delegation. On Wednesday Mrs Pelosi had urged Mr Trump to postpone...
(Reuters) - State Bank of India (SBI) (SBI.NS) said on Thursday lenders of Jet Airways Ltd (JET.NS) were considering a plan to resolve the debt issues of the Indian carrier, amid increasing prospects of a bailout by major shareholder Etihad Airways. Jet said on Wednesday a resolution plan, currently being discussed with stakeholders, contemplates options on the debt-equity mix, proportion...

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